Whaley Bridge collected all 3 points at Ericstan Park and took another step towards the title, after they ran out 2-1 winners over Wythenshawe Town.
The game started a scrappy affair with neither side able to gain control of the football and neither goalkeeper having anything to do, until 17 minutes when Whaley Bridge Bill Sutton met a cross at the far post but his header came back off the post and hit Wythenshawe keeper Ben Daniels back and went over the line to give the visitors the lead. After the goal, Whaley Bridge were the dominant side, and on 26 minutes a mix up in the hosts defence saw Prince Banya’s clearance fall to Whaley Bridge Joe Burgess, but his effort from 25 yards out went over the top of Ben Daniels crossbar.
Just after the half hour mark, the hosts drew themselves level when a free kick from the left from Rico Stewart was met by Umar Wahid who’s shot from the edge of the area across goal beat Whaley Bridge keeper James Tattersall. After drawing level, the hosts continued to press Whaley Bridge back and Wahid had a chance to double his tally for the day when he met another Stewart free kick but the ball was just too high for him and he glanced a header wide.
Right on the stroke of halftime the visitors took the lead after Joe Burgess picked the ball up at the far post but he saw his shot well saved by Ben Daniels who manged to parry out for a corner, and from the resulting corner Bill Sutton’s delivery beat Ben Daniels and Burgess poked home from close range to ensure the visitors went into the break ahead.
Halftime: Wythenshawe Town 1-2 Whaley Bridge
The second half began the same as the first with both teams trying to establish control, but it wasn’t until the 54th minute that the first chance of the second half was created, after good play from substitute Ash Leather down the left wing he pulled the ball back to Remi Williams who managed to flick the ball to the unmarked Rico Stewart but his effort from 10 yards out was deflected by the Whaley Bridge defence and the ball rolled just wide of James Tattersall’s post.
It then wasn’t until the 81st minute that the next meaningful chance was created which fell to the visitors, when a free kick from Bill Sutton was hit to the far post and Joe Armstrong found himself unmarked but he couldn’t guide his header on target and it went just wide of Ben Daniels goal.
Fulltime: Wythenshawe Town 1-2 Whaley Bridge